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Crowbar / Sever The Wicked Hand

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Sever The Wicked Hand

Crowbar is an American sludge metal band from New Orleans, Louisiana, characterized by their extremely slow, low-keyed, heavy and brooding songs that also contain fast hardcore punk passages. Crowbar is considered to be one of the most influential metal bands to come out of the New Orleans metal scene.

The Analysis:

Isolation [Desperation]—-For me, the remarkable thing about this band is the dense sound they produce while still sounding incredibly clear and tight. This is deep sludge at times, but never loses sight of the melodic lines that are actually necessary to produce songs. The vocal is nice….brutal at times, but still understandable and filled with lyrics that are full of angst and anger. Just remarkable!

Sever The Wicked Hand—-This is delivered at a much faster pace….keeping the intensity and the momentum at full throttle. the vocal for me is phenomenal…there is surprising clarity and a melody that allows the song to be listenable even during the heaviest moments. For me, this is a triumphant release!

Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth—-This begins so achingly slow that you almost want to fast forward through the intro…but the ensuing sludge and darkness is well worth the wait. This builds and builds…creating layers of sadness and doom that will stick with you for some time. This is the Blackest Sabbath I have heard in quite some time….proving that darkness and despair is alive and well in the US Metal scene. The vocal….damn near perfect!!!!

Let Me Mourn—-Returning to a faster but none the less just as crisp delivery, the band seems to me to be playing better than ever. This band manages to create a huge wall of sound that makes me smile inside in a secret maniacal kind of way. There are some marvelous Alice In Chains styled harmonies on this song that are not only surprising, but damn pleasant as well. This is fantastic!!!

The Cemetery Angels—-Much faster and making me think of classic Testament, this is laden with bass but still manages to sound crisp and clear. There is a remarkable melody that runs through the song…only heightened by the harmonies that are produced by overdubbing or the entire band actually singing all together. This is a monstrous track….a huge wall of sound.

As I Become One—-Still led off by a barrage of deep bass, the song has a jaunty lead line that saves it from sounding a bit too much like everything else. the vocal is classic…reminding me more of Chuck Billy everytime I hear it. This is fantastic….something I will be listening to for quite some time. The break in the middle of the song makes it even more phenomenal!!!

A Farewell To Misery—-Beginning with a ballad style intro, you wonder right away where this is all going to go. It certainly creates a mood at the very onset that is almost impossible to shake…the deep and morose bass line is heavy and mournful. The vocal enters…in an almost monk like chant style…..adding to the heavy sadness of the track…this is damn near brilliant!!!

Protectors Of The Shrine—-Returning to full on throttle Sabbath mode, the song is almost a shock after the previous entry…but welcome as it returns the band to what they do the best. This is darker than ever…the lyrics are intense as anything on this release. the drums are monstrous as they seem moved up in the mix. This is stellar….rock on…..

I Only Deal In Truth—-Crisp and concise, this has an almost crunching sound to it. This reminds me more of Kingdom Of Sorrow than Crowbar, but anything new is welcome from this band. The vocal is tortured as are the lyrics….intense and dark….just as the Dr. ordered them to be. Again, the drums are impressive as hell as are the vocals…you are able to easily catch damn near every word.

Echo An Eternity—-Beginning with another huge melodic line that combines the best of the bass sound of the band with nice high hats and leads, the vocal enters and you are treated to the closet thing to a ballad this band has ever produced. This is remarkable….nice harmonies…incredible lyrics and a slow plodding feel that fits the mood incredibly well. Masterful!!!

Cleanse Me, Heal Me—-With a HUGE drum intro, and a lead line that threatens to almost overwhelm the ever-present bass delivery, this is as close to Thrash as this band gets. This sounds so much like Kingdom Of Sorrow….I can almost hear Jasta singing his way through the track. It is almost hard at times to even differentiate the vocals from one band to the other…there are many similarities. This is incredible…..never a complaint!!!

Symbiosis—-Another of those releases that I hate to see end, the band manages to leave us as fresh and invigorated as they greeted us. This is a huge track…..the sound is a big wall of deep and dark sound that makes me smile my broadest smile yet. The vocal is so Osbourne…I can almost hear Sabbath dripping live from the ceiling in approval. A huge song….better than the opener…leaving me with a thirst that every record should leave a listener with!!!!

**** 1/2 out of 5

Type O Negative / Bloody Kisses [Top-Shelf Edition]

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Bloody Kisses [Top Shelf Edition]

Bloody Kisses is the third album by Brooklyn band Type O Negative. It marked significant stylistic growth for the band in terms of songwriting and production values, and it is also the last recording to feature Sal Abruscato on drums. The album further established Type O Negative motifs, such as including cover songs restylized into gloomy Gothic metal, featuring sample-heavy soundscapes in between songs, and dry, satirical humor. This album includes a cover of the Seals and Croft’s song “Summer Breeze“.

Bloody Kisses was the first album on Roadrunner Records to achieve gold and platinum certification.

The most successful single from Bloody Kisses was the song “Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All)”, which poked fun at (and paid tribute to) gothic subculture stereotypes. A radio edit of the song achieved modest airplay and the song was a staple of Type O Negative’s live show. The video even appeared on Beavis and Butt-Head, where it received a positive reaction from the duo.

The tracks “Kill All The White People” and “We Hate Everyone” were written as a response to the controversy over the bands’ alleged racist sentiments that were born after a tour in Europe and due to Peter Steele’s previous band Carnivore‘s explicit lyrics. They feature lyrics mocking the whole issue. These songs were later omitted from the digipak release of this album since they differ stylistically from the rest of the tracks.

The Analysis:

Machine Screw—-Clocking in at just 41 seconds, this is a classic intro of noise and sarcasm per Pete Steele and his subtle [?] sense of humor….leading into the classic…..

Christian Woman—-At the onset of the song, you get the morose spoken word of Steele and the more than atmospheric swirl of music…slowly building amidst the quiet and dark vocal from Pete. The tempo of the song was to set the mark for almost all future Type O songs, the plodding bass and deep baritone painting the darkest picture possible. this is brilliant if only for the deep and tense nature of the whole damn thing. This is a piece of history…a truly unappreciated and de-valued band, this was really the beginning of the band and the direction that would set a landmark for everyone who followed. The end of this track is acoustic and different from anything I have EVER heard…incredible. When Steele proclaims Jesus Christ looks like me, it causes you to take a moment to step back and think…..

Black No. 1—-Clocking in at a remarkable 11:oo minutes in length, I’m not sure I have ever heard the full version of this song in this manner. The intro to this song is very different from what i have heard before…the very first vocal is almost spoken word and delivered in a breathy manner that carries even more emotion. When Steele finally gets in his groove, he reminds me more of Danzig than Glenn himself. this has a much nicer and more progressive bass delivery and the words are much clearer and easy to understand. I love this…just when i thought i could get nothing better from Type O than I had, I discover this release…where the hell have I been. this is phenomenal…full of plodding bass, powerful drums and most of all that unforgettable voice from Pete…we miss you so much in this community. This is a stellar example of why you had so many followers!!! 

Fay Wray Come Out And Play—-In total contrast to the previous two tracks, this minute and 4 second track is full of a slight silliness and latin undertones that are disturbing if you are not in tune with Peter and his sense of humor,,,,it is all to be taken lightly!!!

Kill All the White People—-Meant to be taken in humorous light, this is much more in the vein of Steele and his earlier band Carnivore…this has a vocal distortion that has aggression written all over it and an electric feel to it that seldom raised its head in most of Type O’s future music…in the ‘family tree’ of the band, it is historic none the less.

Summer Breeze—-A magnificent Goth cover of the sunny Seals And Croft’s classic, you could never ask for more than you get from this track. The song is dark and dense but still manages to maintain a bit of the ‘brightness’ that it was originally recorded with. This is contradicting, hilarious and damn fantastic!!!

Set Me On Fire—-This is odd as the previous song develops into this track which is really a very short and rather pleasant song built from the last. the remarkable thing about it is the pleasant singing voice that Steele manages to deliver the ‘song’ in. this release is an absolute adventure!!!

Dark Side Of The Womb—-At just 28 seconds, this is a regular feature of the band…those odd little snippets that upon first listen mean nothing but develop into importance after years of listening to them.

We Hate Everyone—-Another track that really reminds me of Steele and his earlier band Carnivore, this is perhaps one of my favorite tracks from this release. The voice is delivered with an incredible melody…the music is fast and delivered with a punk rock venom that sticks in your brain and sounds like an old friend after you re-visit it. This is energetic…reminds me of a few things on later releases but is still mostly contradicting of the majority of material on this release….gosh how I love this band!!!!

Bloody Kisses—-Again, we get one of those monumental 10 minute tracks that helps to formulate every single piece of material ever released from the band after this. this was the founding ground of the future and the band made great efforts to cement the direction in which they planned on going. These dark and plodding masterpieces were the cement that would land them in my own private Goth-Metal Hall Of Fame. This plods at such a slow pace and delivers line after line full of death, despair and darkness that you are sucked in…the remarkable thing, as always, is the fantastic harmony and melody that the band managed to produce despite all of this darkness. Do I gush….well, I guess I mean to…I just adore this stuff!!!!

3.O.I.F.—-This has nice layers to it, lots of little effects that introduce the track, but it never really seems to go anywhere. The song has a nice atmospheric feel to it…it would have been interesting to see the construction of this ‘song’ in the studio. This is just a lot of sound effects all pulled together and producing a typical Type O soundscape…just classic!

Too Late: Frozen—-Another of those songs that Pete & Co. played right up until the end, this combined the more aggressive nature of the band set up against the darker side in a masterful way. This has nice ebbs and flows…switching between that ultra darkness and then becoming more driving. When the whole band combines on the vocal, it shows the true direction of the future. This is a fantastic track, and it only got better from here!

Blood & Fire—-Beginning in typical fashion, there is a nice share of feedback and deep, dark bass that allows you without a second guess as to whom you are listening to. Pete enters and delivers a remarkable vocal….singing in a tone that is a bit higher than usual, he still sounds comfortable and at ease. this is a dark love song that also allows for the backing vocal from Silvers to enter into everything…something that would become commonplace in later days. This is a fantastic track…catchy as hell despite the darkness of it all…this band truly had a way with melodies!!!

Can’t Lose You—-This is interesting at the onset if only for the subtle Asian sounds that introduce the song…very different than what you would expect. the feedback that is provided by the bass is remarkable….and the vocal from Steele is more like a low and mournful moan than a vocal. this is almost a pretty song…only that deep plodding funeral march keeps it from being such and keeps it on the edge instead. This is just fantastic!!!

Suspended In Dusk—-Beginning much like Christian Woman proper, this track takes liberties and crosses the corner with no stop lights in the process. the track is a literal wall of sound…the feedback screaming at times and damn near plodding to a standstill at others. Steele sounds like he is delivering a mantra on life from his death-bed as the song goes further and deeper than anything Ozzy and co. could have ever dreamt of producing…this is groundbreaking, earth-shattering and will leave you feeling dark and lonely…just what the Dr. ordered. Thanks Pete!!!!

Christian Woman—-This differs little from the original…it is shorter and the more acceptable version of the song that we have all become more familiar with….why it is necessary to include this on here is beyond me…it only robs the original of it majesty!

Blood & Fire [Out Of The Ashes Mix]—-This alos offers little new…the only added benefits are nice organ intros and a bit more of an Industrial Metal sound…the vocal remains as it was intended….Classic Pete.

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]

Marilyn Manson / Antichrist Superstar

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Antichrist Superstar

Antichrist Superstar (sometimes stylized as Antichrist Superstar as an allusion to Latin typography) is Marilyn Manson’s second full-length studio album and was released on October 8, 1996, by Interscope Records.

The record is a concept album, and the first of a trilogy along with Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). It spawned three singles (The Beautiful People, Tourniquet and Man That You Fear).

It also raised public awareness of the band, turning them into a household name, and led to numerous protests due to the band’s anti-Christian stance. It was produced by the band’s frontman and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. As of 2004 the album has sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide.

The Analysis:

Irresponsible Hate Anthem—-Giving the listener little time for anticipation or preparation, the audience noise at the onset of the song is as little warning as you get before the aggressive Metal riffs whip your head around. Manson delivers a vocal that is bot accessible and at times so abrasive you fear you may go mad. This release is Manson’s crowning achievement..the music and vehement lyric/vocal speaks for itself. This is fantastic!

The Beautiful People—-Almost like a television that switches channels all on its own, this song is in complete and utter contrast with the previous. This has a nice drum track..a massive bass guitar line and some vocals that at times are scary while at other times is damn accessible. This is a favorite of mine and Manson still pulls this out during his live performances.

Dried Up, Tied Up & Dead To The World—-Another really stellar track and favorite song of mine from the entire Manson catalog, For me, this has a much more traditional Industrial sound to it than much of the record. This has all of those little magic sounds that runs through it and just gives me this huge energy pump. I love this…Manson delivers a sincere and demonic vocal…the melody is incredible and the words have a way of laying in your brain forever…just waiting to be brought back to life.

Tourniquet—-Another of those stellar songs that really forms most of the release, there is a nice Trilogy of songs that have been the centerpiece of this record for me since its release. This is much more dedicated to the Rock sound, the Industrial sounds almost removed from the song. Manson delivers a classic vocal..the type that really would define his future output. Whether you recognize the fact or not, this has a damn contagious melody and one of the most accessible vocals Manson has ever delivered. This is classic and timeless.

Little Horn—-Beginning rather quiet for Manson, the heavy guitar that runs through the back of this song is superb. the song opens up by the second bar with a much more Industrial sound and a vocal that seems to be delivered from hell. This is driving, authentic and full of an aggression that gets in your bones and makes you want to act a bit crazy. Fantastic!

Cryptorchild—-Layered with sounds that any Manson fan is familiar with, this song begins a bit sedate…but you know that the mayhem is sure soon to follow. The vocal is pretty damn pleasant! The lyrics are though provoking and causes you to listen closely to catch every word. this is another outstanding track that is somehow relevant to this crazy story…I just think it is great music. Of course the chanted chorus is something that is history making and a shining example of the genius that lies underneath the oddity. This is stellar.

Deformography—-Laden heavy with Reznor contributed sounds, the footprint on the music is unmistakable. This is fantastic…Manson delivers a lazy and ghoulish vocal that allows you to easily sink into the depravity. This is classic stuff…the chorus is a huge affair…another of those little dittys that lies dormant until you awake it and then refuses to leave your brain…welcome home!

Wormboy—-Returning to a much clearer sound and a more focused Industrial sound, this is another of those tracks that I believe Trent had his hands all over. Manson delivers perhaps the most accessible vocals of his career…the vision and the delivery is more driven and clear as anything he has ever released. This is fantastic..the mismatched drums and the odd synth sounds create a nice noise that is like a warm blanket.

Mister Superstar—-This is a classic example of 90’s styled Industrial Music…the whispered vocals, the rapid drums and the annoying little synth sounds all combine to create this huge masterpiece of a song that plays very well, even today. The societal distrust and vehemence is everywhere…the driving and escalating sounds are fantastic…this is fantastic…why have I not listened to this in such a long time?

Angel With The Scabbed Wings—-Returning to more full on Metal sounds, the guitars come at you in short blasts that let you know you are in for a raucous time. The drums hit heavy and the bass delivery is the backbone of the song. There are some nice leads on this track…accompanied by the manic and frightening vocal form Manson all come together in a perfect storm of classic Industrial Mayhem. Another of my really favorite tracks from this release.

Kinderfeld—-Manson continues to deliver vocals that are a mix of demonic whispers and manic drug use on this track…set to a ghostly musical soundtrack that still gives me a slight chill when I listen back to it after all of this time. This ties all of the past few songs together…creating a conceptual sound even if you don’t buy into the whole ‘story’. This is a masterful release!

Antichrist Superstar—-Yet another pivotal and shining moment from this release, this cornerstone song seems to pull everything together for me. The music is of course laden with many classic 90’s Industrial style sounds…the backdrop of the song making me think of a huge Nazi gathering. This has so much energy and vehemence, you will have problems sitting still through this entire song…this is stellar shit…classic Manson and one of the most important releases of the 90’s…this is why!!!

1996—-Returning with full throttle Metal and a vocal that is steeped into too much Crowley reading, this is a fantastic example of how great Manson can be…here and there. This is driving…and reminds me a lot of Get Your Gunn….the drums are incredible on this track…as are the the vocals which switch between manipulated and full throttle at the drop of a hat….this is stellar!!!

Minute Of Decay—-What a great bass line that starts off this track…set to the cymbal touches from the drums, you are good to go from the very beginning of the song. The vocal enters at an almost whisper…typical Manson style!!! This is rather sedate at the onset…Manson delivers line after line that allows the listener to really worry about the singers sanity…than you realize this is a normal day for Brian!!! This is perfect!!!

The Reflecting God—-Just classic stuff….Manson enters right at the beginning reminding us that our world is just an ashtray…my sentiment exactly. This is intense stuff, even though the music is rather genial and full of accessibility. Only the vocal and the lyrical content causes you to take pause and question every word that you are hearing…wondering if you fall into the world which he refers to. When Manson really lets loose with his vocal, you are overcome by a huge emotional surge…this is fantastic stuff!!! Yeah, this is Columbine style shit!!!

Man That You Fear—-Ending the proper release in a moody and somber nature, Manson enters sounding even more morose and manic that you though possible. This helps to really tie the entire release together. Giving us a unique insight to the mind of Manson, you are allowed to really understand some of what he is all about…maybe…perhaps it is all a big trick! This is layered and morose music…allowing a perfect pedestal for Manson to preach his own religion to the masses of people who choose to listen. There is a nice Crazy/Genius mix with Manson…you decide which you prefer.

Untitled—-Continuing for a brief time the song which ended the release, this is just a macabre mish-mash of almost undecipherable words that are robotic and sinister…perfect!

****1-2 out of 5

Murderdolls / Women And Children Last [Bonus Tracks]

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Women And Children Last (Special Edition)(CD/DVD)

Murderdolls is an American horror punk supergroup, founded during 2002 in Hollywood, California.[1] The band line-up consists of core members Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison. Former members include Ben Graves, Acey Slade, Eric Griffin & Tripp Eisen.

To date the band has released two albums, the first in the form of Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls which was released in 2002. The band had limited initial success in the United States, though their album and singles charted well in the United Kingdom and around the same time they picked up a strong following in Japan. Their second album, Women and Children Last, was released August 31, 2010.

The Analysis:

Chapel Of Blood—-This intro sets the tone for the release….right out of the gate, the music is fantastic. The guitars are have that classic goth-Metal sound….the vocal that is delivered invites you into the Blood Red Chapel…Wednesday is fantastic…Marilyn who? But damn, that bass delivery is fantastic..the drums are huge and Joey is really the star of this dark and gory show!

Bored Til’ Death—-Right out of the gate, you are smacked in the face with a great Zombie style delivery that is fresh yet familiar. the vocal comes at you fast…delivered with a certain mania that makes you uncomfortably comfortable. this is fantastic..aggressive yet remarkably accessible…the guitars make me think of classic, early Motley Crue….yes, it is still that raw. Fantastic!!!

Drug Me to Hell—-Seriously, this is another track that has that raw Los Angeles Sunset Strip sound to it…I love this stuff. The music is retro enough to conjure up memories of days gone by, the vocal from Wednesday is fresh and new enough to keep you interested. This is fantastic Goth Metal….Seriously….Manson should pay attention.

Nowhere—-Damn….this is so accessible…right from the first note. the guitar sound is so damn addictive, only the deeper than usual vocal disrupts this from mastery…until the chorus kicks in. this is freakin brilliant…this could be a really huge hit…I really believe that. This is a huge song with really strong pop overtonmes…on purpose or not, the recipe is firmly intact on this one…look to hear this song a lot.

Summertime Suicide—-This is another song…dark in nature but so remarkably accessible you wonder what the hell this band is thinking. the words to a lot of these songs prevent them from mainstream airplay…but the melodies and chorus are guaranteed hit material. This is freakin’ brilliant…this song is huge!!! The chorus will wake you up in the middle of the night despite the dark and morose lyrical content. This is brilliant!!!

Death Valley Superstars—-Returning to a more straight on and hard edge Metal delivery, the sound on this record is just huge. This is really well produced Heavy Metal…I’m so impressed by the clarity of the recording…you can hear every single nuance perfectly and the power chords that are delivered are POWER CHORDS. The song is dark and humorously dark…this band is a lot of fun. It is a good thing they don’t take themselves to seriously!!!

My Dark Place Alone—-Wow…this is just fantastic. Wednesday delivers a vocal that makes me think of Phil Anselmo and makes me reach for some classic Pantera. this is really aggressive and delivered with an almost thrash style musical delivery. I love the aggression, the lyrics and vocal…which are crystal clear for the most part…and the brutal drum and bass delivery. This is stellar!

Blood Stained Valentine—-Delivering more of what you expect at this point of the release. this is consistent, somewhat blues oriented Metal that sounds so much like early Vince Neil that you shake your head in wonderment and enjoyment. This is freakin’ fantastic…this is Sunset Strip Metal circa 1985….this is so retro that it sounds brand new. Brilliant!!!

Pieces Of You—-Damn, this record is so well produced. The sound of the band is fucking huge…the sounds come out at you through the headphones…the chorus of the song…delivered in short and brutal punches move the hair behind you ears. This is fantastic…the drums on this track are just incredible…the bass guitar literally sings and the added handclaps at the end of the track give it that right amount of cheesy B-Movie humor!

Homicide Drive—-This track, although consistent, feels a bit stale to me. This crosses over to the sterile Rob Zombie horror feel to me. The music is a bit to stale and safe, while the vocal relies on lyrics that are peppered with profanity instead of content. Still rocks, but lacks the genuity of much of this release.

Rock n’ Roll Is All I Got—-This, and I hate to keep referencing it, is a knock off of the early Sunset Strip days of early Motley Crue. This has such a raw and blues oriented delivery that you can’t help but think of the bands that cut their teeth on that Los Angeles club circuit. Here, is where the band separates itself though. There is no other band right now making this kind of music…I hope that this group gets the attention that it deserves!

Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright—-Wow…I love this stuff. this has a guitar effect that runs through the song that will have you addicted from the very first moment. This is extra-ordinary!!! The chorus is this huge affair that reminds you of the glory days, while the vocal is just brutal enough to remind you of your current listening proclivities…fantastic!

Whatever You Got, I’m Against It—-This is a nice track with a retro feel that reminds you of classic Alice Cooper. The hook in the chorus is pure Cooper style delivery. The leads are noisy and in your face…the drums come right out of the speakers at you. The message of the song is pure LA…go for it…rock out!

Hello, Goodbye, Die—-Right out of the gate, this song is delivered in that remarkable zombie style with a few added extras! The drums on this track are incredible…in fact they seem to be the star of the show. The vocal is higher in tone and more brutal than anything on this release. This song is delivered with huge layers…literally sending you head spinning and waiting to start the entire damn thing all over again. This is fantastic!

Bonus Tracks:

Motherfucker, See Motherfucker—-Going back in time and delivering his best Vince Neil impression, Wednesday does deliver his own style of attitude that is remarkable. This track, delivered at such a hyper speed that it comes across as a pure post-punk track is really pleasing to me, I have zero complaints about this band.

The Funeral Ball—-Wow….the intro sounds like classic Guns N’ Roses!!! The vocal enters and dispels that though from you in a moments notice as Wednesday delivers vocals that are more classic Alice Cooper than Axl Rose. This is nice…delivered in typical style, but a bit unremarkable.

A Moment Of Violence—-Introduced and led by drums that really matter, the song is layered with huge guitar sounds…a heavy bass  and drums that leave a dent in your brain. The vocal is classic Neil style…but the growl you get on occasion only proves to you what you already knew….Wednesday can sing with the best of them. The band manages…very successfully to end the release ans great as it began!

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]

Carnivore / Carnivore

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CarnivoreCarnivore was an American crossover thrash band formed in Brooklyn, New York by Peter Steele (later of Type O Negative fame), and was formed out of the ruins of the Brooklyn hard rock group Fallout in 1982.

The band released Carnivore in January 1986. For the first album, the band spelled their names in what they thought were “exotic” ways. For instance, Louis Beateaux instead of Beato. In September 1987 they released Retaliation. Soon after the second album was released, the band broke up and Peter Steele formed a new band called Subzero, which would later be renamed Type O Negative. According to the sleeve notes of the “Top Shelf Edition” of their second album, the first Type O Negative album, Slow Deep and Hard was composed largely from material originally written for Carnivore.

During the time Carnivore was playing, drummer Louis Beato was also a bus driver in Manhattan, a job he kept after the group disbanded. He is currently a supervisor with the MTA. Lou’s first band performed in his friend George’s garage in Brooklyn. George was picked as the lead singer for this band being he was the only one they knew who could afford to buy a microphone. On guitar was “Bull Dog,” whose real name is not known.

The Analysis:

Predator—-Beginning with a full bevy of sound effects and pseudo Metal sounds, once the vocal smacks you in the face, you know that this is to be taken seriously. It is so nice to hear Peter [RIP] on this release…cutting his teeth but still delivering his vocals much as we have all become accustomed to. This is fantastic…much of Steele’s unique inflections are present hear…as well as a few that he abandoned…including some rather unique deep growls. This is fantastic…and still sounds amazingly fresh to me!!

Carnivore—-This is much more in the Type O vein that we have all become accustomed to…the sound of the track is dark and the vocal delivery sounds as if it were indeed a Type O track…the huge chorus is fantastic and the speed of this track is incredible. Although this was a ‘starter’ band, these are some pretty great musicians! And of course, the track has a pretty typical Steele sense of humor stamped all over it…really this is about eating….well, you know!

Male Supremacy—-At the onset of this track, the music is loaded with typical 80’s Metal sounds….delivered with lots of pomp and hair!!! The song becomes a standout once the vocal in introduced, as Steele delivers line after line in his trademark vocal style. At times, this song is pretty damn fast…at other times it is so heavy and layered it takes on a slight Sabbath sound. the chorus is a huge band sing a long that will land and stay in your brain. Stellar…this has enough mood and changes to keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire 7 minutes of the track…this is fantastic!

Armageddon—-This plods like the best Sabbath track that you have never heard…this only goes to show you that Steele had the Type O vision in his brain long before it ever came to fruition. The tempo changes on this track are remarkable…going from a bass heavy dirge to an all out Thrash delivery in a matter of seconds. Steele sings so fast…you wonder how the hell he can fit so many words into one sentence…but indeed he does, and also gives you lots to ponder in the process. Magnificent!

Legion Of Doom—-Beginning with the revving of a motorcycle, the mayhem is not far behind…Steele delivers his lines as expected and needed…even this early trilling his ‘R’s’ as he is known very well for. this is not so much a song as it is an out-and-out rant…the music is haphazard and pushed to the back of the mix..allowing Pete to be right in your face…delivering line after line of puke…this is fantastic!!!

God Is Dead—-For me, the remarkable thing about this song is the galloping beat that lies in the backdrop of the song…if that is not an Iron Maiden sound, I’m not sure what is. the song though is not consistent…switching between classic 80’s Metal sounds and an all in all out thrash sound with some nice War sounds thrown in just for fun…this is incredible….not sure why I have just now discovered this band in the past year.

Thermonuclear Warrior—-Beginning with a noisy interlude, the song rushes into your brain like an ice cream headache…leaving you exhausted by time the whole damn thing is over. The star of the show is and remains Mr. Steele…delivering line after line of both awareness raising iterations and all out yelling and warning. The guitars that play in the backdrop are awesome…aggressive and classic 80’s in sound. This is just great.

World Wars III & IV—-Perhaps coming off a bit dated because of the song content…amazing how in 2010 we really don’t worry about Atomic War like we did in the 80’s…perhaps we have some humanity after all. Steele delivers line after line that warns you of the impending doom once the bomb lands in your city…it is not a pretty picture, but the song is a masterpiece of social commentary and horrific lyrics that warn of the doom that awaits us!

U.S.A. For U.S.A.—-Right out of the gate, this carries the familiar sound of 80’s Thrash metal that was very popular in the underground Metal scene at the time. this is damn noisy…I will tell you that…almost impossible to understand the vocal or to keep up with it. This is stellar though…a moment of history that fortunately for me I was able to find….just fantastic!!!

S.M.D.—-Again, this is brutal and layered noise right out of the gate. This is a very ‘dirty’ song…peppered with the command…Suck My Dick…thus S.M.D.!!! Steele is manic on this track….seemingly driven by some unforseen force that drives him to deliver line after line in a manic style that allows you to fear he may bust a blood vessel or two…this is classic stuff!!!

Sex And Violence—-When this track begins, the effects that introduce it are so dark and morose that you feel immediately at home….as the song opens up and the speed kicks in, you are treated to another classic track that shows you exactly where Steele intended to go with his future. this is a bit faster and layered than early Type O, but the sentiment is very evident. this is incredible…I, for one, really miss Peter…I only hope there is stuff in a vault somewhere that has not been released yet!

****1/2 out of 5

Goatsnake/Flower Of Disease

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Flower of DiseaseGoatsnake is an American doom metal band from Los Angeles, California.

Goatsnake was formed in 1996 after the disbanding of The Obsessed. After The Obsessed’s disbanding, the rhythm section consisting of Guy Pinhas (former bassist of the Dutch stonerband Beaver) on bass and Greg Rogers on drums began jamming with guitarist Greg Anderson (Thorr’s Hammer, Burning Witch, Sunn O)))). They soon found a vocalist in Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool, Earthlings?, Desert Sessions). Goatsnake recorded and released two 7″ EPs in 1998 and were featured on several metal compilations. They released their debut full-length, 1, in 1999 on Man’s Ruin Records/Rise Above Records.

Goatsnake toured Europe in support of their debut album and played with bands such as Unida, Fatso Jetson, and Electric Wizard. They returned in 2000 for a U.K. tour with Orange Goblin and Sunn O))), another Anderson project.[1]

In 2000 Pinhas left Goatsnake to join Acid King and was replaced by Stuart Dahlquist of Burning Witch. Goatsnake released a split with Burning Witch on Hydra Head Records that same year. They also released the Dog Days EP on Anderson’s Southern Lord Records that same year. Later that year they released their second album, Flower of Disease on Man’s Ruin Records/Rise Above Records.

The band split up in 2001 and Anderson continued with Sunn O))) and played in Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine.

In 2004 the band reformed with Anderson and Stahl being joined by bassist Scott Reeder (The Obsessed, Kyuss) and drummer JR (Cave In). They recorded three songs which were released on the Trampled Under Hoof EP along with two previously vinyl-only tracks. This same year also saw the release of the compilation 1 + Dog Days by Southern Lord Records, which combines the first album and the Dog Days EP as well as a track from the Man of Light EP.

Goatsnake will reunite with the original line up, headlining the Roadburn Festival, Thursday April 15th 2010. To coincide with the reunion, a re-issue of Flower of Disease is coming out around the same time. [Wikipedia]

Flower Of Disease—-This literally creeps up on you with an all-encompassing darkness and dirge….this is deeper and sludgier than Sabbath ever dreamed of being. The bass line in the song is like a massive hum that steers the direction of everything else happening. The vocal enters the fray, with a slight resemblance to Danzig and mutated Osbourne, this is great Doom/Stoner Metal that screams out for repeated plays.

Prayer For A Dying—-This is layered with darkness and intensity. When the vocal enters, you shake your head at how damn accessible this is. And you wonder why this is the first you are hearing of this band and why millions of others are not clamouring for this release. The voice is so damn accessible…at times, I swear this guy reminds me of early Wieland of Stone Temple Pilots. This is exquisite…this will be on my rotation for quite some time. I love the deep and dark fringes of the band while still maintaining relevance and accessibility. This is great!

Easy Greasy—-Beginning with a really great drum track and some electronics, the low hum of the deep sound of the band plays at the fringes before coming into the open. The sound of the band is surprisingly accessible and I really wonder how to best categorize this sound. This is definite Gloom Metal, but the potential of this band is huge…if they stay together and record more, I will be the first in line to grab up the next release. A new favorite band.

El Coyote—-Wow!!! This is brilliant….the song has a nice ‘elegant’ touch of blues that is accented with a remarkable harmonica set in from of plodding drums and huge bass lines. This is just remarkable. This is generally not my kind of music, but set to this tempo and the lazy but intense style of it all you can not help but fall in love with the whole damn thing. The vocal comes in and the song becomes this huge 70’s style blues rock romp through dark streets and dank bars. This is magnificent!!!

The Dealer—-With a tremendous deep hum that begins and runs through the entire song, this deep bass dirge and sllloooowww drum delivery is reminiscent of the best Sabbath ever. The vocal enters with a nice swirl of atmosphere that makes you want to dig out your most morose goth records and have a very black evening. This is incredible…I could not ask for anything else from this band…it all comes across as remarkably perfect.

A Truckload Of Mamma’s Muffins—-With just as much dirge, but a bit more present lead line, the song loses non of the intensity of earlier tracks despite that. This has huge blues overtones that again make me think of late 80’s/early 90’s Danzig. This is evil, dark and a bit of fun at the same time. I look for this band to continue and meet with some success if they finesse that which they do so well. This is excellent.

Live To Die—-Again at the onset, there is some slight electronic sound, followed by some ball busting harmonica and a drum track that sets the song off to a much faster pace than what you would have expected at this point. This is pretty 70’s influenced Blues Rock that sounds remarkable fresh and new. These are children of 70’s pot heads and the result is an amazing spawn…this is fun, raucous and delivered with practise and dedication. Remarkable!!!

The River—-This is more funeral than the ceremony for Alistair Crowley!!! The deep bass moves at the most pleasant excruciating slow pace possible…the vocal again makes me think of some of the very early Alternative Rock singers…specifically Weiland. This is beautiful, mysterious, maddening and glorious. This re-issue is a solid triumph. Check this one out guys!!!

****1/2 out of 5